Lecturers

From poets to science writers to game designers, our lecturers are part of a solid curricular base. They teach media and writing subjects, partner with faculty on particular classes, and play an integral role in MIT’s mission to graduate students with strong communication skills by being embedded within other departments as part of the Institute’s Undergraduate Communication Requirement.


Atissa Banuazizi
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Ed Barrett
Senior Lecturer

ebarrett@mit.edu
barrett 150x139 Lecturers Edward Barrett is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies/Writing, where his research interests include digital communication, writing and new media, digital poetry, and technical communication.

His edited collections on digital communication include Contextual Media: Multimedia and Interpretation (1995), Sociomedia (1992), The Society of Text: Hypertext, Hypermedia, and the Social Construction of Information (1989), and Text, ConText, and HyperText: Writing with and for the Computer (1988).

His co-authored textbooks include The MIT Guide to Teaching Web Site Design (2001) and The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing (1998). His books of poetry include Down New Utrecht Avenue (2011), Bosston (2008), Or Current Resident (2005), Rub Out —Three Verse Novels (2003), Sheepshead Bay (2001), Breezy Point (2000), Practical Lullabies for Joe (1999), Common Preludes (1994), The Leaves Are Something This Year (1992), Theory of Transportation (1990), and 7x3 (1987). His plays and libretto for opera include Rhapsody Antigone (1982) and Shaman (1987). He is also the General Editor of the MIT Press series on Digital Communication.
Jared David Berezin
Lecturer

berezin@mit.edu
JDB teaching 2.009 1 150x150 Lecturers Jared teaches in a range of communication-intensive courses, including Product Engineering, Writing & Rhetoric, Experimental Biology & Communication, and Managerial Psychology. Before joining MIT in 2013, Jared taught first-year writing and business writing at Boston College, as well as literature and advanced composition at Newbury College. He also led a team of faculty at Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education, providing guidance for instructors of persuasive writing and public speaking courses. Jared earned a BA in English and creative writing from Colby College, and an MA in literature from Boston College. He enjoys writing plays and poetry, and playing the mandolin. His current research interests include the rhetoric of self-advocacy in school and the workplace. Before joining the ranks of academia, Jared wrote narrative reports and articles on cancer research for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and has worked as a journalist covering technology and the arts.
Karen Boiko
Lecturer II

boiko@mit.edu
Karen Boiko 150x130 Lecturers Karen Boiko teaches introductory and advanced non-fiction writing classes and also works with various classes in the Writing Across the Curriculum program. Classes taught, currently and recently, include Food for Thought and Writing about Sports and Culture (Writing and Rhetoric), Intro to Science Writing for the Public, and Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues.

B.A. English, Santa Clara University; M.A. Theatre Arts, Cal State Long Beach; Ph.D. English & American Lit (Victorian Studies), NYU
Harlan Breindel
Lecturer II

breindel@mit.edu
HB photo 150x150 Lecturers Harlan Breindel came to MIT in 2005, having taught scientific and technical communication, research, rhetoric, and interdisciplinary courses for 20 years. As a faculty member at The American University in Cairo, he helped establish the writing across the curriculum initiative and implement faculty training programs. He’s also been involved in developing a number of dynamic non-traditional educational programs, including creative writing as therapy program for a New York substance abuse center (with grant support from Poets & Writers Inc.) and ESL classes as part of an African refugee program in Egypt. Outside of the “academy,” Harlan has worked as a rare books dealer, process server, domestic violence shelter manager, fiction editor, and NYC taxi driver. He tries to bring all of these experiences to the table at MIT where his main goal is helping students develop the kind of communications fluency they’ll need to develop into top-notch scientists and engineers.

Harlan teaches in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Management, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.
Stephen Brophy
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Susan Carlisle
Lecturer

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Susan Carlisle e1381927320981 150x150 Lecturers A lecturer in the Writing Across the Curriculum program, Susan Carlisle has also taught the first year writing seminars “Body Language: Writing About the Body” and “Reflective Moments: Writing About Memory.” Before coming to MIT in 2007, she taught both expository and creative writing at Harvard and Boston University. She has a B.A. from Middlebury and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. Her poems are published in a range of magazines and journals.
Mary Caulfield
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mcaulf@mit.edu
Mary Caulfield StJames13 150x150 Lecturers Mary Caulfield is a Lecturer in Comparative Media Studies and Writing. Prior to teaching at MIT, she worked as a technical writer, creating end user documentation and doing business research.
B. D. Colen
Lecturer

bdcolen@mit.edu
BDsmall 150x150 Lecturers B. D. Colen is a writer and photographer who during 27 years at The Washington Post and Newsday shared a Pulitzer Prize and covered medicine and health care for 17 years. He pioneered the coverage of bioethics in the mainstream media, and created and served as the editor of Newsday's weekly science section, wrote a nationally syndicated column on the intersection of health care, policy, and politics, and covered everything from the Karen Ann Quinlan "right-to die" case, to the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to the famine in Somalia in the early 1990s.

The author of more than a half-dozen books on medically related subjects, since 1999, Colen has been teaching science journalism and news writing courses at MIT, and in 2001, he created and began teaching a documentary photography course - 21W.749, "Documentary Photography/Photo Journalism - Still Images of a World In Motion." His photography can be seen at http://www.bdcolenphoto.com.
Jane Connor
Lecturer

jconnor@mit.edu
Jane Abbott Connor 150x130 Lecturers Jane Connor came to MIT after eighteen years in industry, where she worked with teams and individuals to improve collaboration. Her focus is on how to produce communication that is effective and authentic; in particular, how listening in its many guises guides the ways in which we write, speak, meet, lead, influence, and collaborate. Professional development: Emotional Intelligence Consortium; Interaction Institute for Social Change; Harvard Program on Negotiation. B.A. in English from Swarthmore College; MA in Languages, Literature and Communication,
William Corbett
Lecturer

wcorbett@mit.edu
William Corbett 150x130 Lecturers William Corbett edits the small press Pressed Wafer specializing in poetry broadsides, chapbooks, and books. He runs the literary program at CUE Art Foundation, a non-profit gallery in New York City's Chelsea.
Jennifer Craig
Lecturer II

jcraig@mit.edu
Jennifer Craig 150x130 Lecturers Jennifer Craig, M.S., M.A, is a Lecturer II in Writing Across the Curriculum. Since arriving at MIT in 2002, she has taught primarily in Course 16 (Aerospace Engineering), the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In addition to teaching writing and oral presentation, she also addresses teamwork and collaborative issues in professional communication. Ms. Craig is also interested in ESL issues and has worked with non-native-speaking graduate students in an Engineering Manufacturing degree program based in Singapore. She also teaches ESL in community settings, most recently at Massachusetts General Hospital and Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Prior to teaching at MIT, Ms. Craig taught at the University of Maine in Orono where she directed a Minor in Professional and Technical Writing. She also collaborated with the Department of New Media and with the College of Engineering, integrating writing and communication into the curricula. Prior to teaching at the University of Maine, Ms. Craig was a freelance technical editor and writer. Ms. Craig has written poetry, non-fiction and memoir; her work has been published in a number of literary journals.
Dave Custer
Lecturer

custer@mit.edu
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Elizabeth Fox
Lecturer

emfox@mit.edu
BetsyFox MIT photo 150x150 Lecturers Betsy works in MIT's Writing and Communication Center, in the Writing Across the Curriculum program, and as a freelance editor. She usually teaches SP.401, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and has recently been a Writing Advisor for Introduction to Contemporary Indian Culture and World Music, among others. She is on the Board of Directors of PsyArt, a foundation that supports the psychological study of the arts and holds annual international conferences, and has been President and Secretary of the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America.

Ph.D. in English and American Literature, Boston University; M.Ed., Boston University; B.A. in English with pre-med, Wellesley College.
Erica Funkhouser
Lecturer

ericaf@mit.edu
ef1 150x150 Lecturers Erica Funkhouser has published several books of poetry with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the most recent of which is Earthly. Her long poem on Annie Oakley, Sure Shot, was adapted for the stage and produced by the Helicon Theatre Co. in LA. Another long poem on Sacagawea led to her involvement with Ken Burns's PBS documentary on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and other magazines. You will find one of her poems sand-blasted into the wall of the Davis Square subway station in Somerville, MA. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.
Andrew Grant
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agrant 150x139 Lecturers Thanks to two wonderfully dedicated game-playing grandmothers, Andrew Grant started playing games before he could hold the cards. From there, he went on to explore board games, strategy games, role-playing games, and computer games. This exploration shows no signs of slowing down.

Andrew graduated from MIT in 1993 with Bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics (6 and 18, darnit) and a minor in Creative Writing. After six months in the real world, he discovered that someone would actually pay him to design and program computer games, so he returned to his gamer roots by joining Looking Glass Technologies, and then DreamWorks Interactive. Since then, Andrew has survived ten years as a programmer-for-hire and independent developer in projects ranging from underwater robotics to yet more games.
JoAnn Graziano
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graziano@mit.edu
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Louise Harrison Lepera
Lecturer

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Amelia Herb
Lecturer

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Robert Irwin
Lecturer

irw@mit.edu
Robert Irwin 150x130 Lecturers Robert A. Irwin studied philosophy at Princeton University and Antioch College and earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Brandeis University. He has taught at Tufts, Brandeis, and Holy Cross. Bob enjoys helping people and, as a would-be polymath, delights in the variety of Writing Center clients.
Nora Jackson
Lecturer

norajack@mit.edu
 Lecturers Nora Jackson is A.B.D. University of Brussels, Belgium, Department of Language and Literature; completing dissertation on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s late poetry. B.A., M.A. Germanic Languages, double major in English and Dutch Language and Literature, University of Brussels, Department of Language and Literature, 1998. Thesis: A Comparative Study of the Sublime in the Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Charles Baudelaire. Interests: British Romantic Poetry and Prose, French Modernist Poetry and Prose, Dutch-language Poetry and Prose, Aesthetics, Editing and Translation.
Andreas Karatsolis
Associate Director of Writing across the Curriculum

karatsol@MIT.EDU
karatsolis 150x150 Lecturers Andreas Karatsolis joined MIT in the Fall of 2013 as the Associate Director of Writing across the Curriculum, after spending five years in Qatar with Carnegie Mellon University. His disciplinary training includes a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication with an emphasis on technical/professional communication in science-related fields, which is at the core of his teaching and research efforts. In his new role at MIT and as a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, he is primarily interested in designing curricula and tools which can help engineers and scientists develop life-long competencies in communication. In the past seven years he has also been the Lead of co-Principal Investigator in projects related to the design, implementation and assessment of learning technologies, especially in the domains of language learning, health communication and public discourse. As a native of Greece (and a reader of Ancient Greek texts), he also enjoys conversations on Classical Rhetoric and its relationship to contemporary scientific communication.
Jane Kokernak
Lecturer

kokernak@mit.edu
Jane Kokernak 150x130 Lecturers Jane Kokernak joined MIT as a CI-M lecturer in January 2008. Previously, she oversaw the writing center at Mount Ida College in Newton and coordinated a WAC initiative at Simmons College in Boston. Currently she is also a contributor to ASweetLife, an online journal for people with diabetes, and works with Storybuilders.org to help organizations make digital stories. Earlier in her career, she worked for over a decade as a researcher/writer in nonprofit development for organizations that included the Albert Einstein Institution, Harvard University, Walker Home and School, and Worcester Art Museum.

Her articles and essays have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Equally Shared Parenting, P•M•S poemmemoirstory, and Tomorrow's Professor. She is at work on a biography of Elizabeth Coleman White (1871-1954), a farmer and amateur botanist who introduced the first cultivated blueberry to the United States.
Suzanne Lane
Director, Writing Across the Curriculum

stlane@mit.edu
Suzanne Lane 8 150x150 Lecturers Suzanne Lane is Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric and Communication, and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT, a master's in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Her research interests focus on contemporary rhetoric, genre theory, and argumentation studies, and she is particularly interested in sites of cultural contact between discourse communities and rhetorical cultures. In one research project, she has studied the rhetoric of slavery, especially the cultural forms of argumentation slaves developed; in another project, working with the Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing, she has explored how students learn disciplinary-specific genres and forms of argumentation, and transfer them to new locations. She has also published fiction and poetry.
Marilyn Levine
Lecturer

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Marilyn Levine 150x130 Lecturers Marilyn Levine has worked for the past eight years as a teacher and editor of proposals, manuscripts, oral presentations, and numerous other written and oral academic projects undertaken by undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, staff, and faculty at MIT. For the past 25 years, Ms. Levine has worked as a communications consultant to architects and as a newspaper journalist.
Shariann Lewitt
Lecturer

slewitt@mit.edu
S Lewitt 150x150 Lecturers Shariann Lewitt is the author of seventeen novels and about forty short stories. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Lucy Marx
Lecturer

ltmarx@mit.edu
LucyMarxPhoto3 150x150 Lecturers Lucy Marx received a B.A. in English from Harvard College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. She has taught writing at MIT since 1986, and has also taught at UMass Boston, Boston University, and in the Teachers as Scholars Program. She recently finished a novel, Speak, Wood; Stone Whisper, based in the Biblical narratives of Genesis. She is co-editor of Angles, the online magazine dedicated to exemplary writing from the introductory writing courses at MIT.
Janis Melvold
Lecturer II

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Marilee Ogren-Balkema
Lecturer II

ogren@mit.edu
Marilee Ogren Balkema 150x130 Lecturers Marilee Ogren-Balkema has been teaching scientific communication in the Writing Across the Curriculum program for over ten years. She teaches primarily in biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences but also chemistry and chemical and biological engineering. Her Ph.D. and scholarly publications in the neurosciences, and her former work as a journal editor and staff writer provide a rich background for this teaching. Marilee has also maintained a freelance medical/scientific writing/editing business since the mid 1980's.
Karen Pepper
Lecturer

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John Picker
Lecturer

jpicker@mit.edu
JP1 150x150 Lecturers John Picker teaches courses in nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century literature and media. His interests include Victorian and transatlantic studies, auditory culture, and media history.

He is the author of Victorian Soundscapes and a contributor to The Sound Studies Reader, ed. Jonathan Sterne, and the forthcoming second edition of The Auditory Culture Reader, ed. Michael Bull and Les Back. His essay "Two National Anthems" was published in A New Literary History of America, ed. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, which was on several best-of-2009 lists (Salon, NPR, Time Out New York, Boston Phoenix). His other writing includes chapters in Sounds of Modern History, The Victorian World, Walt Whitman and Modern Music, and Shakespearean Criticism, and articles in The American Scholar, New Literary History, ELH, and Victorian Studies. He is a member of the editorial board of Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, which will begin publication in 2015.

He recently has delivered invited talks on such topics as "The Telephone Booth, Noise, and Public Privacy" at the Yale School of Architecture, "Reading the Atlantic Cable" at University College Dublin, "Auditory Anxieties and Modernity" at the Berlin-Brandenberg Academy of Sciences, "Transatlantic Acousmatics" (podcast) at MIT's Comparative Media Studies colloquium, and London street cries for the Modern Language Association's "What's the Word?" radio series.

He and his wife live in Cambridge with their son and daughter.
Leslie Roldan
Lecturer II

lroldan@mit.edu
Leslie Roldan 150x130 Lecturers Leslie Ann Roldan, Ph.D., is a Lecturer II with Writing Across the Curriculum, and Executive Director of the Cell Decision Process Center, an NIH Center of Excellence in Systems Biology. She holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from MIT, where she trained in biochemistry with Tania Baker. Prior to coming to MIT's WAC program in 2005, she was a scientific editor who commissioned and edited biology college-level text and articles for the web. She currently teaches primarily in the Biology department, and her scholarly research focuses on how students develop scientific communication skills through oral presentations, including journal clubs and discussion leading.
Thalia Rubio
Lecturer

trubio@mit.edu
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Susan Ruff
Lecturer II

ruff@mit.edu
Susan Ruff 150x130 Lecturers Susan Ruff has been teaching technical communication at MIT since the spring of 2003. Most of her teaching has been in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics, although she has also taught in Courses 2, 6, 7, and 20. Her research interests include mathematical communication pedagogy and the communication of software engineers in industry.

When not at MIT, she is often traveling to climb rock and ice.
Juergen Schoenstein
Lecturer

juergen@mit.edu
Juergen Schoenstein 140x150 Lecturers Juergen Schoenstein joined the WAC team as a lecturer in 2011, after more than a quarter century as a professional writer. He became an "accidental journalist" after earning his graduate degree in Geography at Technische Universitaet Munich in 1985; five years later he found himself in New York City, where for the next two decades he covered current affairs, business and politics, as well as science and technology, for some of Germany's largest publications. Apart from teaching at MIT, he is currently a freelance writer (for the German edition of WIRED and publications by Gruner + Jahr Corporate Editors), as well as the editor-in-chief of ScienceBlogs.de, a science-themed blog portal in German language, which is owned and operated by Seed Media in New York.
Pamela Siska
Lecturer

pjsiska@mit.edu
Pamela Siska 130x150 Lecturers Pamela Siska has been with MIT's Writing and Communication Center since 1993. She is also a part-time lecturer in Writing Across the Curriculum and was a contributor to The Mayfield Handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing. Pamela holds an MA in English from Boston University, where she taught writing and literature courses before coming to MIT. She has published articles on medieval, Victorian, and Romantic literature and is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Amanda Sobel
Lecturer

asobel@mit.edu
Amanda Sobel 150x150 Lecturers Amanda Sobel holds degrees in Sanskrit and Indian Studies and in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. She is interested both in how people form interpretations of the world around them and in how people choose to express their interpretations and relate their experiences. As a ceramicist, writer of personal essays and polyglot, she often thinks about translation—from one language to another language, from verbal communication to visual, musical and other forms of communication.
Susan Spilecki
Lecturer

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Jessie Stickgold-Sarah
Lecturer

jmss@mit.edu
Jessie Stickgold Sarah 150x150 Lecturers Jessie Stickgold-Sarah, ’97, is a Lecturer with Writing Across the Curriculum. She holds a B.S. in EECS from MIT and a Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University, where she studied the use of genetic language in fiction. Previously, she worked as a network engineer in Silicon Valley research labs. She also taught courses in writing, literature and science writing at Brandeis. Her research focuses on the use of scientific language in literature and in public policy.
Linda Sutliff
Lecturer

lsutliff@mit.edu
Linda Sutliff 129x150 Lecturers Linda L. Sutliff is a part-time lecturer in Writing Across the Curriculum. Drawing on approximately twenty years of energy experience, Linda specializes in strategic planning, financial analysis, and economic analysis of power systems. She is the owner of a management consulting firm and has co-authored Cambridge Energy Research Associates papers on advanced combined-cycle systems and the influence of low precipitation periods on power price and supply reliability. In-progress work includes an analysis of wind power economics and of New York State power generation. She is a former assistant secretary of energy for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ms. Sutliff holds a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College, an M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the International Association of Energy Economists, the Association of Energy Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Cynthia Taft
Lecturer

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CT.MIT profile 150x150 Lecturers Cynthia Taft holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. She has been lecturer at MIT since 1998, focusing in recent years on science writing and new media.
Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze
Lecturer

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P9141035 150x150 Lecturers Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze teaches at MIT's Writing and Communication Center. She earned her Ph.D. in literature at Northeastern University, and she writes about intimacy in literature and culture, especially in realist, modernist, and graphic novels.
Michael Trice
Lecturer

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09 23s 14 150x150 Lecturers Michael Trice joined the MIT WAC as a lecturer in 2013. He has taught technical communication, composition, and usability at The University of North Texas and the University of Leeds. Prior to teaching, Michael spent 15 years in industry working with companies like Apple, Wizards of the Coast, and SXSW Interactive.
Kimberly Vaeth
Lecturer

kjvaeth@mit.edu
Kim Vaeth 126x150 Lecturers Kim Vaeth is the author of a book of poems, Her Yes. Her poetic texts for orchestra, in collaboration with Richard Danielpour, composer, include Elegies performed by the London Philharmonic, and American Requiem performed by the Pacific Symphony. Elegies premiered at Carnegie Hall with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. She has had residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and has taught at Goddard College, Simmons College, Emerson College, Boston University and in Literature at MIT. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review and Grand Street, and The Boston Review, among other publications.
Andrea Walsh
Lecturer II

aswalsh@mit.edu
Andrea Walsh 135x150 Lecturers Andrea Walsh, a historical sociologist, teaches in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and in Women's and Gender Studies. Her teaching and research interests center on gender, social movements, and media culture in the U.S.
Jeanne Wildman
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jwildman@mit.edu
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